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In pictures: Christmas lights turned on on Grafton Street

Switching on the Grafton Street Christmas lights is heralded as the official start date of the festive season.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

ALTHOUGH IT’S STILL mid-November, Christmas seems to be getting an earlier start date every year.

With Mariah Carey already being heard telling everyone what she wants for Christmas and decorations hung in almost every store around the country, it was the turn of the Christmas lights on Dublin’s Grafton Street to be switched on.

The event happened outside Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre yesterday evening and it was one lucky Cinderella who got to press the red button.

The switching on of the lights on a street that thousands will shop on in the coming weeks is heralded as the official start to the festive season.

In pictures: Christmas lights turned on on Grafton Street
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    Roisin Leneghan and Niamh Walls from Skerries dress for the festive occasion. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Brian Kennedy gives all Grafton Street revellers a tune yesterday evening. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Even the children are smiling. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    Grafton Street Christmas lights. Sparkly. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    The Grafton Street Christmas lights mark the start of the festive season. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    The Halleluia Gospel Choir at the turning on of the Christmas Lights on Grafton Street belt out a song. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    The cast of the Gaiety Theatre panto pictured turning on the Christmas Lights on Grafton Street yesterday evening. Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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